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Jigyasha Prasad Mar 11 2014

Which are the best dhabas in Chennai?

Reema Bhalla Mar 11 2014
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While it may be a little tough to find the North Indian style Dhabas in Chennai, but the city has its own share of small mess style joints serving a range of cuisines from Chettinad to traditional South Indian food, there is no shortage of amazing local food in Chennai.

Karpagambal Mess

Right in the centre of Chennai’s temple town Mylapore, this small joint can be smelt from a distance with the fragrance of ghee and sugar lingering in the air. It serves authentic Tamil Brahmin cuisine. The Ghee Dosa as the name suggests is packed with loads of ghee and the Kal Dosa (made especially when the man is leaving the house in the morning and has less time for breakfast), which is thicker than the usual dosa is a speciality here.

Photo of Ghee Roast Dosa (by Charles Haynes)

Address: 20, East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai
Telephone: +91-44-42112377
Meal for two: INR 200 to 300


Always bustling and always full. If one is lucky enough to grab a table at Anjappar, do try the Anchovies Fry and Quail Roast. With multiple location in and around the city, they are the pioneers of Chettinad cuisine in Chennai. The flavours are robust, spicy and a must try! It serves some of the best local food in Chennai.

Photo of Chicken 65 (by amiyashrivastava)

Address: Tirumurthy Nagar, Nungambakkam, Chennai
Telephone: +91-44-28256662
Meal for two: INR 500


Your search for Kerala style food in Chennai should end right here at Kalpaka. Apart from awesome Beef Fry and Kerala Chicken, their Vegetarian set lunch is very popular. The Fish Curry with Rice is another must try.

Photo of Chicken Curry (by projectmanhattan)

Address: 144, Near Music Academy, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
Meal for two: INR 300


Served in traditional Chettiar style crockery and interiors, the Kal Dosa and Kadai Biryani are spectacular. Some of the other popular dishes at Karaikudi are Chettinad style masala Chicken and Turkey Biryani.

Photo of Chettinad food (by yoshima)

Address: 28, Medley road, T. Nagar, Chennai
Telephone: +91-98847-64257
Meal for two: INR 300

Murugan Idli

A landmark and an experience in itself. Visit Murugan Idli for the fluffiest Idlis and piping hot crispy Dosa, it is a must visit! A huge variety of chutneys, the yum gunpowder and of course the Sambar complete the meal in a delightful way.

Photo of Idli (by pratheeps)

Address: 9, Ramanathan Street, Usman Road, T. Nagar, Chennai
Telephone: +91-44-24345343
Meal for two: INR 400


Tough to locate, Vishranthi is a tiny joint is frequented a lot (almost daily) by the locals as a breakfast point. The very simple menu consisting of samosa, bonda and vada is exactly what one needs after a run at the nearby beach, making it one of the best dhaba in Chennai.

Photo of Bonda (by pamri)

Address: 2, Avenue,TN Housing Board, Besant Nagar, Chennai
Telephone: +91-44-24462990
Meal for two: INR 200

Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Adyar Ananda Bhavan is probably the best bet to indulge in delicious South Indian food when travelling to/from Chennai via road. The Badam Milk, Kaara Kozambu, Appalam and Poriyal are not to be missed at this joint.

Photo of Vada (by Kuttibalu)

Address: 9, L.B. Road, Adyar, Chennai
Telephone: +91-44-23453045
Meal for two: INR 500

Ambur Star Biryani

Ambur Star Biryani is as famous as the dish itself in Chennai. With robust Mutton Biryani served with amazing sides like a crispy Chicken 65, Prawn Fry and Mutton Sukka, it is a heavenly meal to have.

Photo of Biryani (by umesh tongbra)

Address: 116/1, Arcot Road, Vadapalani, Chennai
Telephone: +91-98946-16373
Meal for two: INR 300

The variety of local food in Chennai is amazing with so much to explore in and and around the city in terms of flavours. Whether one is a vegetarian or a non vegetarian there is something for everyone to indulge in and take a taste of the the best dhabas in Chennai.

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